A&E Twin Cities Pride guide

Though June is flying by, there are still plenty of opportunities to celebrate Pride.

by Sarah Horner

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to showing your pride. Whether you like the lively environment of drag shows or prefer something more low-key –– like a jazz concert by the lake –– the Twin Cities makes it easy to show up for the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, U.S. News & World Report placed Minneapolis and St. Paul in their top 21 cities to celebrate Pride in 2023.

Here is A&E’s list of events to check out before Pride Month ends.

Pride Panel: Cultivating Connections Through Queer Art and Performance (June 22)

Get inspired by and learn from queer creatives at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In this panel discussion, audiences will learn the unique practices of local writers, performers, photographers and other interdisciplinary artists to hear how their art connects with LGBTQ+ identity. The event is hosted by Juleana Enright, a queer Indigenous artist, and will feature Kehayr Brown-Ransaw, Trista Marie McGovern and Julia Starr. Learn more here.

Pride Drag Brunch at CRAVE (June 24)

With a variety of themed events –– such as the 90s, Taylor Swift or Dolly Parton –– Drag Brunch has become a popular way to show up for LGBTQ+ entertainers, and have a great time doing it. This Pride Weekend, order some delicious food and dance it out with drag queens Lady Cassadine, Priscilla Es Yuicy and Frozaen Pissàs on the rooftop of CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar. You can learn more or grab tickets here

Twin Cities Pride Festival (June 23-25)

Slather on some sunscreen and celebrate Pride in Loring Park. The 51st annual Twin Cities Pride Festival will include three days of local LGBTQ+ vendors, food trucks, a beer garden and live entertainment. After two years of reduced operations, the festival came back in full swing in 2022. Have a look at vendors and plan out your weekend here.

Pride Celebration & Clearance Sale at The Irreverent Bookworm (June 24-25)

Calling all bookworms on a budget! The Irreverent Bookworm, a queer-owned bookstore, is hosting a giant clearance sale for Pride Weekend. According to their Instagram, there will be thousands of books on sale for $1 or less. Plus, keep an eye out for announcements about special merch and giveaways. Visit the Irreverent Bookworm website here.

2023 Twin Cities LGBTQ+ Pride March Honoring Ashley Rukes (June 25)

Miss the simple, childlike joy of parade-watching? Stake out a spot on Hennepin Avenue and watch LGBTQ+, BIPOC and ally groups share their pride. This annual march honors Ashley Rukes, former director of the Twin Cities Pride Parade, and starts at 11 a.m. It is free to attend. View the parade lineup here.